International Academic Francophonie Seminar in Tunisia

ÉTS contributes to the training of Deans of Science and Technology from more than a dozen countries

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The largest gathering of Deans of Science and Technology from the francophone world welcomed two dignitaries from ÉTS to provide in-depth training for its members. Claire Samson, Dean of Research, and Pierre Bourque, who recently completed his mandate as Dean of Studies, addressed participants at the International Academic Francophonie Seminar, which was held in Hammamet, Tunisia from April 8 to 12, 2019.

Claire Samson, Dean of Research

Participants from some fifteen countries reaped the benefit of Claire Samson’s expertise and skills during sessions that focussed on "How to manage research in an environment of industry-university partnership", along with Pierre Bourque’s views on "Maintenance dialogue during the budgeting process". Mr. Bourque also presented an overview of accreditation standards adopted by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB).

Our unique knowledge and experience when it comes to long-lasting partnerships with industry proved to be invaluable, as was the approach taken in Québec and at ÉTS toward properly understanding, planning and managing financial and human resources from a socio-economic perspective. The exceptional growth of ÉTS is proof of the effectiveness of its development model.

Pierre Bourque, outgoing Dean of Studies

Interestingly, among all of the conference-goers/educators from countries such as Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Congo-Brazzaville, Côte d’Ivoire, France, Gabon, Lebanon, Morocco, Senegal, Togo and Tunisia, Claire Samson and Pierre Bourque were the only representatives from Québec and/or Canada who were invited to share their knowledge. Having gained international recognition as one of the leading francophone engineering schools or faculties in the world, ÉTS is extremely proud of the contribution that we were able to make.

According to Claire Samson: "I find sharing knowledge with colleagues from around the francophone world to be very exciting. Our unique positioning within Québec and Canada, with approximately 60% of our research conducted in partnership with industry, generates a great deal of interest".

Pierre Bourque noted: "Taking part in this training environment with our counterparts, we benefit as much as we contribute. I have been involved in activities with this large francophone community on several occasions, and this has allowed me to develop numerous contacts and an excellent network for collaborations with ÉTS"

The Seminar was organized by the Conférence internationale des responsables des universités et institutions scientifiques d’expression française (CIRUISEF – International conference of leaders of francophone universities and scientific institutions) and the Institut de la francophonie pour la gouvernance universitaire (IFGU – Francophone institute for university governance), in collaboration with other organizations. The training that is provided meets the dual challenges of helping Deans within the network to achieve better governance of their faculties and to become expert evaluators in order to ensure the quality of the teaching offered at their institutions of higher learning.

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